Four Bag 160yrs Jail Term In Bayelsa Over Ex-Commissioner’s Kidnap

Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Ogbia town, headquarters of Local Government Council area of the state has sentenced four men who kidnapped a former Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment in the State, Mr Federal Otokito to 40years Imprisonment each.

Upon his kidnap in 2022, National Wire learnt the former Commissioner was taken to a forest in the Igbomotoru community in the Southern-Ijaw local government area of the state and demanded ransom payment.

Presided over by Justice S.W.Amaduobogha, the court while delivering judgement in the suit with registration number OHC/4c/2022 , declared that Kingsley Obhesi 24yrs, Joshua Abi 32yrs, Gift Damene 38yrs, and Powell Inegite 36yrs are guilty as charged on conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of fire Arms.

National Wire reports that the convicted persons were arrested by operatives of the Operation Puff Adder led by SP Chris Nwaogbo and believed to be boys working with a prominent ex-Militant leader from Southern-Ijaw Local Government area of the State.

The Police Prosecuting Counsel, Stella Jerry-Friday Esq, while briefing the court stated that the convicts heavily armed with guns and sundry amunitions took hostage of Mr Federal Opaminola Otokito on the 20th day of January, 2022 at Otuokpoti community, Ogbia Local Government area of the state and unlawfully took him away against his will to Igbomotoru bush in the Southern Ijaw area of the State with the intent to demand ransom or any other unlawful consideration and thereby committed an offence punishable under the laws of Nigeria.

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Justice S.W. Amaduobogha, after hearing from the Police Prosecution counsel and the Defence counsels declared that the investigative and prosecution team have done due diligence and proved beyond reasonable doubt the case of conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of fire Arms against the convicts.

Meanwhile a cross-section of members of the Otuokpoti community, home town of the former Commissioner have hailed the state Police Command for their diligent investigation and prosecution.

It would be recalled that a former commissioner in Bayelsa state commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment was in 2022 abducted while still serving as a member of the state Executive Council when armed gunmen invaded his neighbourhood, shooting randomly into the air to frighten the locals.

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